Toffee Chocolate Chip Blondies

Soft & chewy Toffee Chocolate Chips Blondies made with our Arbequina Olive Oil.


1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large egg
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup chocolate chips (1 Tablespoon reserved)
1/3 cup toffee chips (1 Tablespoon reserved)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a square 8×8 baking dish.

In a medium bowl, mix together the Butter Flavored Olive Oil and the brown sugar with a wooden spoon until mixed well. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Stir in the salt and flour and mix until all of the dry ingredients are incorporated. Mix in the chocolate chips and toffee chips (reserving 1 Tablespoon of each.)

Spread the dough into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips and toffee chips evenly over the top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.

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Banana Sour Cream Bread

Always a touch of sweetness…Use our Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this one!

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease four 7×3 inch loaf pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Sometimes Monday needs a little sweetness. Try our Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 
Excerpted from Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking
Serves 26 to 30

⅔ cup pure olive oil
1½ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon butter extract
2¾ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt

½ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat large cookie sheets with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. In mixer bowl add olive oil, sugar, eggs, milk, and vanilla & butter extracts. Blend until creamy.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Blend until well mixed.
  4. Roll dough into ping pong sized balls. Roll in cinnamon sugar and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are spread out and tops are light brown.
In small mixing bowl, add sugar and cinnamon. Mix until combined.

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Olive Oil Cake

Comfort food. For when all else fails. Use our Arbonsana Oil to truly experience true decadence.
 Oil Cake
Serves 8

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup olive oil
1 cup orange juice
1 cup Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped, divided


Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 10-inch bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, olive oil and juice. Mix until well combined.

In a separate large bowl, combine cake mix, flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk until well combined.

Incorporate 1/2 cup at a time of dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix with hand mixer until all ingredients have combined. Stir in 1/3 cup walnuts.

Pour mixture into bundt pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle, it comes out clean.

Drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with remaining walnuts and serve.

Makes 1/2 cup

1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk


In a small mixing bowl, whisk sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Whisk in milk a few drops at a time until desired consistency.

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French Yogurt Cake

End your long day from work with a delicious slice of French Yogurt Cake! We promise that this recipe with satisfy any sweet tooth. You can even add a citrus flavor with our Whole Fruit Blood Orange Olive Oil.

  • cooking spray
  • 6 ounces vanilla yogurt (preferably full fat)
  • 1 yogurt container of vegetable or canola oil (or ½ cup)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 containers worth of flour (or 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 containers worth of sugar (or 1 cup)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously coat a 9′ cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Pour yogurt into a medium bowl.
  3. Fill the now empty yogurt container with olive oil and add to bowl with yogurt.
  4. Add three eggs and vanilla extra to bowl. Whisk to combine.
  5. Wash and dry the yogurt container.
  6. Add flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix to combine.
  7. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake at 350°F until cake is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 to 45 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert cake onto a plate and let cool completely.
  9. Serve with whipped cream and/or fruit. Store airtight at room temperature.

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Olive Oil Citrus Bundt Cake

Do you have a loved one’s birthday coming up? Then try this Olive Oil Citrus Bundt Cake recipe! We guarantee everyone will love this flavorful cake! You can even enhance the citrus flavor with our Whole Fruit Blood Orange Olive Oil. Enjoy!


Makes 1 (10-inch) Bundt

(Adapted from Baked Explorations)

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly grated zest of 2 oranges or lemons
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray the inside of a 10-inch Bundt pan with nonstick spray; alternatively, butter it well, dust it with flour, and knock out the excess flour (I recommend the latter for more intricate Bundt pan designs).
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks until they are pale and light; slowly pour in the sugar until it is completely incorporated. Add the yogurt and olive oil and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the citrus zest and vanilla, and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in two parts, beating after each addition until just combined (this will take about 10 seconds). Scrape down the bowl and beat again for 5 seconds.
  5. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Scoop 1 cup of the egg whites into the batter. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold them in. After about 30 seconds of folding, add the remaining egg whites and gently fold until they are almost completely combined. Do not rush the folding process.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Then gently loosen the sides of the cake from the pan and invert onto the wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Just before serving, dust the cake with the confectioners’ sugar. The cake can be stored at room temperature, covered tightly, for up to 3 days.

    *Note* Try replacing the citrus zest with some finely chopped fresh rosemary or thyme for a different twist on this light and refreshing olive oil cake.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brownies With Fresh Cherries & Dark Chocolate Chunks

Treat your self to the warm and fruity sweet decadence of this Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brownies With Fresh Cherries & Dark Chocolate Chunks recipe! You can enhance the fruity flavor of this recipe with our Whole Fruit Blood Orange

  • 115g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) fruity extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup (150g) caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (70g) all-purpose
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch-processed cocoa powder (natural will work as well)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt (or table salt)
  • 70g fresh cherries, pits removed and cut into fourths
  • 70g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Lightly grease a 20cm (8-inch) square pan and line with parchment paper.
  2. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a small heatproof bowl and melt it over a saucepan of barely simmering water (ensure the bowl does not touch the water). Whisk in the oil, then cool.
  3. Using an electric mixer, whisk the eggs and sugar on medium speed until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Fold in the vanilla and the cooled chocolate mixture, then fold in the flour, cocoa and salt. Lastly, gently fold in the cherries and the chocolate chunks. Stir briefly to combine. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan, it will be quite thick.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the top is dry and crackly, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a little wet. Cool completely, then cut into squares.

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Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Merlot Poptails

It may not be officially spring yet, but it certainly feels like it here in the South! To celebrate the end of the winter season, we have found this delicious, easy, and healthy Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Merlot Poptails recipe for you to try! If you want to enhance the strawberry flavor of this recipe, then try our Strawberry Balsamic!

  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups Sutter Home Merlot
  • 1 4-inch cinnamon stick (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine strawberries, balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar. Mix well with a large spoon until all ingredients have combined.
  3. Spread strawberry mixture evenly on a baking sheet. Place in oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside and let cool.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine merlot, remaining sugar and cinnamon stick. Simmer over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly. Remove cinnamon stick and discard.
  5. Place half the roasted strawberry mixture and wine mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  6. Divide remaining roasted strawberries in popsicle molds. Pour in wine/strawberry mixture. Freeze for 1 hour and insert popsicle stick. Return to freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours or until set.

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Holiday Baking: Orange Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

Flavorful, light, moist, and guaranteed to be a hit at your holiday gathering! You can enhance the orange flavor of this recipe with our Whole Fruit Blood Orange Olive Oil or our Cara-Cara Orange Vanilla Balsamic!

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest, from an untreated orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon Gran Marnier or Cointreau
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Powdered sugar
  • Whipped cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment.
  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light in color. Add the olive oil, orange juice, zest, vanilla and almond extract and stir to blend.
  3. Combine the flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, cardamom, and salt in a separate bowl. Add to the wet ingredients, stirring to blend without over-mixing. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a knife inserted into the center comes clean, about 45 minutes.
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the glaze. Combine the sugar and  orange juice in a small saucepan. Simmer until the sugar dissolves and the liquid reduces to a syrupy consistency, about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the Gran Marnier and sea salt and simmer 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  6. Transfer the cake from the oven to a wire rack. Brush the top with the glaze and cool 10 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan, then brush the cake on the sides with the glaze. Cool completely.
  7. Serve dusted with confectioners sugar and/or with a dollop whipped cream. If desired, add a tablespoon of the (thoroughly cooled) glaze to the cream while whipping.

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Gluten Free Orange Infused Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

Treat your loved ones this holiday season with these yummy Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies! It’s even gluten free for those who are non-gluten eaters. If you are in need of Orange Infused Olive Oil, then come try our Whole Fruit Blood Orange Olive Oil. It’s a local favorite!


  • 1 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten free flour blend(*Note, my flour blend has xanthan gum included. If yours doesn’t, add 1 teaspoon.)
  • 1 cup cashew meal
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash salt
  • 1/4 cup orange infused olive oil
  • 1/2 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnutsoptional
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
  3. In a medium bowl, add all wet ingredients.
  4. Mix well.
  5. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  6. Add chips and nuts and mix.
  7. Spray coconut oil onto a baking sheet.
  8. Use a spoon to drop cookie batter in small circles onto baking sheet.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, or until done.
  10. Cool on a cooling rack.

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Yeasted Olive Oil Plum Cake

Looking to add to your Thanksgiving dessert options? Then try this Yeasted Olive Oil Plum Cake by Wild Yeast! It’s the perfect fall dessert for any Thanksgiving meal!

Yield: one 10-inch cake


  • Mix: 20 minutes
  • First fermentation : 2 hours
  • Assemble: 5 minutes
  • Proof: 1.5 hours
  • Bake: 40 minutes

Dough Ingredients:

  • 250 g flour
  • 66 g milk
  • 6 g (2 t.) instant yeast
  • 4 g (2/3 t.) salt
  • 100 g eggs (2 eggs)
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 1 t. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 55 g fine granulated sugar
  • 113 g olive oil

Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 large, firm plums, sliced
  • 1 t. chopped fresh rosemary
  • 34 g fine granulated sugar


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle, combine the flour, milk, yeast, salt, eggs, lemon zest, and rosemary. Mix in low speed until incorporated. The dough will be stiff at this point.
  2. Replace the mixer paddle with a dough hook. In medium speed, gradually add the sugar in 5 or 6 increments, mixing for about two minutes between each addition.
  3. Continue mixing in medium speed until the dough starts to come together around the hook.
  4. Change back to the mixer paddle. Add the olive oil and mix in low speed until it is incorporated. This will take a while.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled container. Cover and ferment at room temperature for 2 hours.
  6. Press the dough into a disc and into an oiled 10-inch springform pan.
  7. Press the plum slices into the dough.
  8. Cover and proof for 1.5 hours at room temperature.
  9. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400F.
  10. Before baking, sprinkle the cake with rosemary and sugar.
  11. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350F and bake for another 30 minutes or so, until the cake is golden brown and the plums are releasing their juice.
  12. Cool on a wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes, then release the pan and continue to cool.

Recipe & Photo by: Wild Yeast

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Moist and Easy Blood Orange Olive Oil Pound Cake

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup High Country Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp orange extract


Preheat oven to a temperature of 325 degrees. Combine cake mix and sugar in large bowl. Add High Country Blood Orange Olive Oil, eggs, sour cream and orange extract. Blend on medium high for 2 minutes. Pour batter into greased and floured Bundt or tube pan. Bake 40-45 minutes, using a toothpick to check doneness. Cool 15 minutes on rack. Remove from pan and cool additional 30 minutes.

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Super-Easy Blood Orange Brownies

  • 1 box of your favorite brownie mix or scratch recipe
  • High Country Blood Orange EVOO


Substitute High Country Blood Orange EVOO for oil noted in brownie recipe. Enjoy!

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Special Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa (Hershey’s dark or international)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup High Country Blood Orange EVOO
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 7 ingredients together. Add the High Country Blood Orange EVOO and milk with white vinegar added. Add the cup of boiling water and vanilla. Bake in a 9×13 pan for 35 to 40 minutes.

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Citrus Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup High Country Lemon or Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • extra sugar for dipping


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Combine eggs, High Country Olive Oil, vanilla and lemon rind in a large mixing bowl and beat well. Add sugar and beat until well blended. Stir in flour mixture until just mixed. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten cookies with the greased bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer immediately to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight containers.

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